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Where can I find information on the AppDynamics integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF)?

Updated on 10/2/18





The AppDynamics integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) lets you easily deploy AppDynamics-monitored applications on the PCF platform and gather performance and infrastructure metrics. At the center of this integration are two distinct tiles:


1. Application Monitoring for PCF: For APM and Transaction Analytics of applications running on the Cloud Foundry.

  • APM is provided through AppDynamics support inside the standard Cloud Foundry buildpacks and Service Broker deployed through the tile.
  • Transactional Analytics for applications are provided via the AppDynamics Analytics Agent, deployed through the tile.
  • Extension Buildpack is provided to help instrument .NET HWC applications. 
  • For detailed information on the integration and Application Monitoring for PCF, visit the resources linked below:


2. Platform Monitoring for PCF: For Cloud Foundry infrastructure monitoring. The tile includes:


Note: Prior to v4.5.460, Application and Platform metrics were managed as one tile. Starting with 4.5.460, Platform Metrics are now managed by a separate tile.


With these two tiles, you have access to full performance and infrastructure KPI metrics and out-of-the-box KPI dashboards, health rules, and alerts that enable you to monitor the performance of any PCF platform. For overviews of PCF Application Performance and Platform Monitoring, examples of how the PCF Buildpack and Service Broker work, an outline of the Extension Buildpack, and a list supported environments, check out the blog posts below:


Application Monitoring and KPI Dashboard

The APM KPI Dashboard visualizes the application performance of the PCF platform on which your AppDynamics tile is running in one single view from your AppDynamics Controller UI. For a deep dive on the monitored PCF performance metrics and instructions on how to use the PCF Dashboard Generator and enable health rules, see AppDynamics PCF KPI Dashboard.


Transaction Analytics

If you are on version 4.4.337+ and have an Analytics license, you can also view Transaction Analytics in your AppDynamics Controller. For instructions on configuring your tile for analytics, binding applications to the Analytics Agent, configuring your Controller to fetch data from the Events Service and configuring the Analytics Collector on your Controller, visit Configuring Transaction Analytics.


Platform Analytics and KPI Dashboard

Quick to install with minimal configuration and memory usage, the Platform Monitoring for PCF tile allows you to configure infrastructure monitoring with KPI Dashboards, health rules, and alerting capabilities. The AppDynamics Firehose Nozzle uses a lightweight Go SDK to collect and report metrics to the Dashboard. Go Language is the official language for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, so this ensures you’re compliant with PCF. To take advantage of this tile, you’ll need a Go SDK AppDynamics license.


Implementation and End-to-End Workflows

APM and Transaction Analytics

Follow the steps outlined in the resources below to install and configure Application Monitoring (APM) and Transaction Analytics:

These four pages provide examples of end-to-end workflows using sample Java, .NET, Python, and PHP applications:


Platform Monitoring

The pages linked below details the process for installing and configurating Platform Monitoring for PCF.


Release Notes and Upgrading

Note: Please note that upgrades from AppDynamics v1.x are not supported. If you previously installed AppDynamics v1.x, uninstall it and install the latest version. This is especially important since the Platform Metrics framework has been rewritten to use the new Firehose Nozzle instead of JMX Bridge.


APM and Transaction Analytics

To stay up-to-date on the latest functionality in the AppDynamics/PCF integration for APM and Transaction Analytics, check out the Release Notes regularly.


Platform Monitoring

For updates on Platform Monitoring for PCF, also visit the Release Notes.


FAQs and Troubleshooting

APM and Transaction Analytics

This FAQ page includes troubleshooting tips and answers to common questions about the AppDynamics tile, Service Broker and buildpacks, Machine agents, PCF Dashboard, and other topics.


Platform Monitoring

This FAQ page addresses questions about the Platform tile, SSL configuration, Dashboards, and more.



For more hands-on training geared towards operations teams and developers, you can watch our recorded webinar on how to monitor polygot distributed applications deployed to PCF. @mark.prichard@Pavan Krishna.Nimmagadda, and @Jeffrey.Holmes guide you through the complete application lifecycle, showing you:

  • How to deploy and configure APM solutions using Cloud Foundry buildpacks for Java, .NET, node.js, Python, and other languages.
  • How to install and configure the AppDynamics Service Broker tile.
  • How to monitor PCF and BOSH infrastructure health and availability using the new monitoring integration recently introduced for Pivotal 2.x.


To view the recording, read a transcript of the Q&A portion, and access additional resources, visit [Technical Session] Monitoring Pivotal Cloud Foundry Applications and Infrastructure.